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Initial post: Oct 22, 2012 5:07:48 AM PDT
I just purchased a 60" flat screen LED with the picture hanging type hanger. I have built in the wall side and rear speakers. Thinking I need a center channel speaker, right? How can I keep that sleek look without something hanging off the wall? How important is that center channel?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2012 11:32:27 AM PDT
KBIC says:
If you are interested in surround sound of any kind it is the most important speaker! All of the people speaking will come from that speaker.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2012 11:47:03 AM PDT
What is the best, sleekest looking center channel speaker?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2012 1:21:31 PM PDT
KBIC says:
I think that the sleakest looking center speaker comes from a company called Magnapan. Here is a link to the center speaker on the company's web page: They have two different center speakers but this is the cheaper of the two I think.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 9:38:18 PM PDT
I take it that you don't have a built-in center. If you could find a relatively flat center, either as an in-wall or on-wall, you could exercise some creativity, maybe hang a frame over it with painted speaker grill fabric. The other way is to hide the center in a cabinet under the TV with speaker grill fabric on the cabinet door/panel. There might be furniture companies that make this, but you might just have to get comfortable with some DIY. The speaker could be tilted up, and assuming there isn't a coffee table in the way, it should work out fine and stay completely hidden. The easiest way, but not as neat, would be to put a center on a cabinet or rack under the TV, but only if there is enough clearance (the TV is slightly higher).

On the other hand, if your front speakers are well-articulated, and your seating arrangement isn't so wide, you may be able to do without a center. It isn't ideal, but as long as people aren't sitting way off to the side, it may not be so noticeable. One of the main advantages to a center is to anchor speech to the image. If you're sitting to the side, you might hear more from one speaker, which dispels the illusion. If you're sitting relatively to the front, the 2 front speakers will make it sound as if sound is coming from the center.
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